South Asian Medical and Dental Association (SAMDA)

Mission Statement

Established in 1997, this organization serves to bring together students from both the medical and dental schools at Tufts University with the idea of working together and learning about issues pertinent to South Asian health professionals. In addition to organizing various social gatherings, SAMDA sponsors events to further the understanding of the South Asian culture such as cultural shows, an annual Diwali dinner, and informational slide presentations. SAMDA also sponsors charity projects, guest speakers, and other opportunities to practice basic medical and dental skills. Events to meet and network with other graduate students throughout the Boston area have also been sponsored in the past. SAMDA represents the official Tufts chapter of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI). SAMDA has many members and is open to everyone, not just South Asians.


Faculty Advisor

Dr. Harish Gulati

SAMDA Dental E-Board 2017-18

Co-Presidents: Sejal Patel (D18) & Sareena Gillani (D18)
Vice-Presidents: Meghana Sharma (D19)
Secretary: Abeire Nirh (D19)
Treasurer: Nivedhitha Ramesh (D20)
Social Chairs: Divya Suresh (D20) and Saachi Verma (D20)
IS rep: Nikita Patel (IS19)


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Building student involvement, fostering civic engagement and enhancing community service to advance public health.